Obsessed - An Interview with Neil Peart


Neil Peart is Obsessed with sharing his experiences through words - like bicycling over the Alps (twice), the Pyrenees and the Rockies, and throughout West Africa. And since '96, he has traveled to every RUSH show, from Berlin to Buenos Aires, by motorcycle. Neil is also Obsessed with his 22" Paragon Ride. With its powerful, cutting bell and amazing expressive ability even at low dynamic levels, this is a cymbal that inspires.



Kronis Kent E. Krahn
Peart could narrate buttering bread and it would sound interesting to me.
Yansa Music Channel
An obsessive personality with positive intent, from his lyrics to his drumming to his writing Neil is a great example of being Human.
Lee Maiden
Neil Peart and John Bonham were my inspirations to play drums, which I did most of my life. I miss playing drums now that I am in a wheelchair, but I have always played guitar so my song lives on and I play now and people love it. Thank you Neil for the inspiration that made a definitive impact on my life. And as far as the red nose, it's 12:32 pm Friday and I just started working on having a red nose with Guinness in hand :)
spacedoginnebraska
Dude blows my mind. Always has, always will.
Joe M
Not only is this man the BEST DRUMMER in Rock, he's the most eloquent and fluid lyricist to boot!  Rush is that rare combination where the musical and lyrical blend into a symbiotic relationship reached by few in the pantheon of Rock.   
ZildjianN7Geth
Neil Peart has always been a role model ever since I discovered Rush. Aside from the innovative drumming and thought-provoking lyrics, the thing I've always looked up to in Neil is how he's intellectually curious about the world around him. Most people may not know this, but Neil dropped out of High School and never went to college -- and yet, if you watch his interviews, he always talks about how he loves to visit foreign cultures, national parks and art museums (also, read the lyrics to the song "Mission"). In another life, Neil would have made a great college professor, and he'll always be a proxy mentor to me.
Kwith Nics
Neil's nose is sponsored by The Macallan.
Tony Cortezza
I met Neil in the late 90's when he was in Fairbanks, Alaska when he was wondering the country after his series of unfortunate events. The whole story is too long to post here but I can tell you a few things about Neil. I have met many a celebrity in my travels and Neil was absolutely 100% the nicest, most down to earth, intelligent rock star I have ever met. All I all we spent about 2 hours together in a bar called the Greyhound lounge which was right across the street from the Westmark hotel where he was staying. We talked about all sorts of things and shared a couple of drinks...and here's the kicker: he wouldn't admit he was Neil Peart. The first thing I said to him was " Geezz, you look like Neil Peart" which he brushed off and said he wasn't- yet another clue actually,  as who in the heck knows who Neil Peart is if your not a musician really? It was only till his book came out that I recognized his motorcycle and him with a goatee and beanie that I  realized it was actually him. For all of you who have ever wondered about what Neil is like, he is exactly as he comes across in videos like this, intelligent, clear and present and engaging...even after a shot of whiskey and bumming a few smokes from me. A memory that I will cherish forever.
RTHA300
feel so bad for my man neil, ghost rider was written about when his wife and child both died, that was terrible
Trucker Ned Kelly
whats with the purple nose
Jason Lefler
it's always a pleasure to listen to Neil talk about anything.
treeeeeeeish
The man is brilliant but I see a lot of comments about his nose and booze so here ya go. Causes of red nose: Achlorhydria - red nose Acrodynia - red nose Alcohol consumption Alcoholism Allergies Anger Bird flu (avian influenza) - red nose Cold & Flu - Nasal inflammation Common cold Erysipelas Excessive rubbing of the nose Fear of public speaking Flu - nasal inflammation Flu-like conditions - Nasal inflammation Flushing - see also causes of flushing H1N1 Flu - Red nose Hay fever Hot flashes Influenza A - Red nose Influenza B - Red nose Menopause Nasal rubbing Polychondritis - nose redness Raynaud's phenomenon - nose redness Reaction to facial products Rhinitis - recurring nasal inflammation Rhinophyma - bulbous red nose Rosacea - bulbous red nose Runny nose See also facial redness, flushing and hot flashes See also causes of runny nose and stuffy nose Smokers Spicy foods Staphylococcal infection Stress Sunburn Thyroid disorder Type A Influenza - red nose Type A influenza subtype H1 - red nose Type A influenza subtype H10N7 - red nose Type A influenza subtype H1N1 - red nose Type A influenza subtype H1N2 - red nose Type A influenza subtype H2N2 - red nose Type A influenza subtype H3N2 - red nose Type A influenza subtype H5 - red nose Type A influenza subtype H5N1 - red nose Type A influenza subtype H7 - red nose Type A influenza subtype H7N2 - red nose Type A influenza subtype H7N3 - red nose Type A influenza subtype H7N7 - red nose Type A influenza subtype H9 - red nose Type A influenza subtype H9N2 - red nose Type B Influenza - red nose Type C Influenza - red nose Upper respiratory infection Vasomotor rhinitis - recurring nasal inflammation
nakedchilli
i feel smarter just because i listened to him speak
blake ross
something about his nose stands out in this interview. It's like Rudolph Red. And it almost looks bigger than Geddy's.
Stephen Shoyer
This man is not only one of the world's best drummers, he also is a role model and one of the most intelligent musicians that I have ever encountered. Thank you Neil for the many thousand of hours That I have listened to you and Rush. You are definitely a polished gem. 
Steve Haigh
Subdivisions is probably my favorite Rush song, actually, just favorite song ever
drummerfella 55
such an articulate speaker.  and naturally,  that's 'always' come out in his playing.   just an inspiration, on so many level's.  what a life he's had... 
Steve B
Absolutely a deep, deep human being and one of my favorite people on the planet.
ezernut9mm
i hope that in my next incarnation i am half as sentient as neil....
Johnny English
I would totally echo what Stephen Shoyer said but I think Neil is a survivor and hero to me as well as a role model to deal with the loss of his daughter and wife.    He went away and grieved but eventually came back and thanks partly to his wife to be then Carrie he returned to being a musician.     I haven't read "Ghost Rider" yet but after seeing this clip it makes me want to.
Heidi Montross
I've heartily enjoyed all of his books.  I'll read anything of his I can get my hands on.  Articles, "Official Notification" updates, lyrics.  Excellent stuff.  Not to mention his drum theory and playing.
Jim M
He, is what happens to a human being, when dedication, passion and purpose become constant. I love to listen to him speak because he has a gift of explaining something/anything in a totally comprehensive way.
The Waking Life
What people need to realize is that he in no way means that he doesnt enjoy playing shows or performing. He is simply referring to everything else that comes along with touring. Ive been on the road plenty of times and all the down time in between shows can wear on you. And who doesnt get home sick after being away for years on end like he has. Cut em some slack. He's getting old. I gaurentee you what does make it worth it for him IS the performing.
Andrew Slatter
If i could pick a single dinner and beers to have with anyone. This would be the best. Just listen to the Master for 2 hours.
koyunbaba73
So basically, I've done nothing.
Doug Tarnopol
He's a pretty good prose writer, in addition to being a great drummer. Wish I'd met him along with Geddy and Alex in 2004 (meet 'n' greet). I wanted to tell him that despite having bought Moving Pictures at age 11 -- first music purchase -- and having a real love for his drumming, his book Ghost Rider was so absorbing that I forgot who he was while I was reading it. Alex or Geddy would come up, and I'd sort of start inside and think, "Oh, yeah -- this is the drummer of Rush writing her." Good to see him enjoying life again.
The Eternal Mustache
I never really thought about how drumistically and percussively complex "Subdivisions" is,,,
Drumming411
NEAL PEART? Omg that's just embarrassing. It's Neil. Switch the title!!!!!!  
S Sam
Neil is a class act. Been a fan for over 30 yrs
J. Vincent Farron
drum genius! WOW! figures...his brain is complex and hard driving.Much like his playing. All Hail The King!!! Yeah his nose is discolored....could be for many varied reasons...assholes.(I hope its from drinking)
lars olesen
Rock on Mr.Peart.  You are a great rolemodel.For both rockers & motorcycle riders.
Hugo Rezende
Neil is clearly the most amazing/interesting human being on the galaxie. he os suberb in everything, im amazed abaout how he can describe his feelings and thoughts. a man that is really looking for knowing himself. i wish i could talk to him just once
BC Richard
PLEASE CORRECT NEIL'S NAME IN THE TITLE
Patrick Fitzgerald
A thoughtful, mature human being leading a great life, with some tragedy mixed in to keep him humble. Play on Neil! You're an inspiration!
Earl Brackett
I love his "connective tissue" analogy...
Arnold Hay
Neil Peart is my spirit animal.
BAJARACER43X
you think he would of postponed this til his nose cleared up
Admin
purple nose..
Tightgarbage
if neil peart asked me to squirt i would
Al Miller
pretty awesome..down-to-earth guy, for sure.. the kind of person you'd want to hang out and have a beer with..
toddvandell85
I just love how those gorgeous Paragon SABIAN cymbals perfectly match Neil's DW drumkit. Almost steampunk if Rush had ever gone that way. I remember Paiste cymbals doing the whole Colorsound thing, which are still pretty badass too but really? Those SABIANS are just jaw droppingly stunning. I think all Robert Zildjian's company's creations have since far eclipsed any of older brother Armand Zildjian's creations themselves. These cymbals prove that pretty spectacularly.
archerhill64
This was a very interesting video. Well done whoever produced this.
Captain Zack
could you imagine running into him at the gas station...
jahnman420
I love this guy but really whats up with his nose?
Aspartamebraintumor
Time to go play drums..
Eric B
and sadly no one uses a ride anymore. You'll always notice it's crashes. I still use a ride and for that reason alone, it's so crucial to have. Hell, even good high hat work today is hard to find, people just want to bash around rather than write poetry with the drums. It's the rhythm of a heart with a flutter, almost like love, not a chaotic storm.
Sam Smith
Talk about "obsessed"... too many posts here are obsessed with Mr. Pearts looks. Look in the mirror.
shawn noble
All of the reading he did really gave him a lot of knowledge.I wonder if he kept a websters next to him as he read and wrote. very smart.
DM C
whiskey nose ....
SammieDavidDeLuce
This guy just oozes with intelligence I've never in my 44 years here on Earth heard another person in the Rock genre speak as intelligently as he does
David Twitchell
The Professor on the drums
lachazaroony
The way Neil is i get it totally, i`m nowhere near as talented as he, but i can draw, and i only draw for my friends, and get joy from them enjoying what i created for them. My best friend had a baby and i did a pencil drawing of the baby in the hospital and people say `wow what did you pay for that?` Lol nothing of course i did it to show my friend that i saw what he saw, tried to put the feeling of being a Dad for the first time down on paper. I think Neil does what he does because he enjoys doing it with his friends, not for accolades or money. It`s all about sharing joy with your friends. Thats what i was getting at. Lol sorry for the long winded response. I`m nobody, i just understand that feeling of friend, of family, very dear to me and the pure joy of sharing with your friends. You can be as big and famous as Neil and still know whats important. Jeez the guy writes books that he only lets his friends read. If you are a Rush fan what would you give to read those? :)
Ryan O'Cerous
The most interesting man in the world? I think he's a candidate at least. He's had a fantastically successful, and woefully tragic life. I can't imagine getting into this guy's head. I don't think I could live with what he had to go through, but he did it. And he being a singular rock god, that's not overselling it.
José Ignacio Silva
I love Neil, but all I can see is that enormous red nose.
Jonas Butler
The Professor!
AstroG73
Rush is just so great, and Neil's drumming is so diverse and full of energy, which is why one of the reasons why I like the song subdivisions so much. And imagine yourself just with nothing to do, but all the time in the world, and Neil's drum set. Imagine what you could come up with.
Shane Monsen
Neil*
Lilja Myles kennedy fan Maj
or he has drank alcohol
Chris Wooley
The nose,,,,knows!
TheDesertwalker
You just don't get many people who can speak this eloquently off-the-cuff anymore.
Bonnie Hundley
Ghost Writer will make you want to leave everything to explore random geographical directions with absolutely no destination in mind. Descriptive writing in the book. I got this book when I randomly plucked it from a pile. Opened it to a random spot somewhere in the middle and found myself forgetting whatever I had to do that day as I lost myself in the pages. Get this book. You might find yourself mapping out a potential road trip or just leaving for anywhere, any day of the week.
Mike D
Travels to China without a camera, so he can capture the trip it in his words.... Nothing less than brilliant. Absolutely brilliant...
Derrick Jones
My Hero
GongWise
Hey Neil. You been drinkin' a little have ya? Sippin on grandpa's cough medicine again? Or did you go in for plastic surgery and ask to have W.C. Fields nose? I'm sorry to say, but me thinks Neil has developed a little bit of a problem..
Ben deForest
all 3 of them are extraordinary yet ordinary.........a great combination
Neil Tipton
uhh. thats an awesome looking drum set...
jwbrown1968
I wanna run into Neil at a diner some day...and try not to be a gushing fanboy.
Marc Poindexter
I never seen neil take a deep breath one time wow intence
Will E. Fisturgash
Rush lyrics have probably resonated more with me than any other bands
davh10
I love Rush and Neil but he looks like Karl Malden in this video.
Knut Spjut
he's nose look strange.. hehehe....
Gwen Sciora
AND I WILL KICK ANYONE'S ASS WHO HAS ANYTHING MEAN TO SAY ABOUT RUSH...
lars olesen
Not only an awesome drummer & m.c rider ,but a fascinating and interesting writer who keeps one spellbound.I love reading his books,he's a really cool human.
CrissyAlwaysSunny
He rides a motorcycle and his nose gets more sun. He's not an alcoholic
James Daniels
Neil has an outlook on life that I can only envy.
Al Miller
humble, given his talent and success
lipsterman1
I googled this: Usually when a nose appears bulbous and purple, it is the sign of the most extreme stage of a chronic condition called rosacea. This stage is called rhinophyma, and it is important to note that many cases do not progress to this stage. The first sign of the condition is facial reddening due to broken capillaries. This redness typically begins in the cheeks, nose, forehead or chin, usually around the time a person is 30 years old. As the problem continues, the redness may turn to bumps and pimples and spread to the eyelids, and finally to the nose, where the skin can become thickened and purple. There are four subtypes of rosacea, and the location of symptoms varies.
Lilja Myles kennedy fan Maj
or neil was ill when this video recorded was
TheEarlymtv
whats with the nose??
Douglas Holt
I get winded just trying to play air drums to this drum god's amazing work.
davitofarito
Holy shit! Is that his nose, or is he eating a tomato?!!!
Fart Sender
His thoughts on writing remind me of my favorite author Michael Crichton. I don't have any desire to read any of Neil's books but, I am very interested in listening to his lyrics. And Music 
zarniwooop
All I know is he's added a lot of joy to my life.
CC Marshall
His name is spelled Neil
cosmicdrifter287
haven`t you heard of neal peart?
Lautaro Emanuel Galán Cid
i really admire Neil. Such a captivating and smart guy.
John Brown
(The red nose) It's called ROSACEA, it's a skin condition that affects people of european descent especially Scottish people.
VWGTI
Is that Neil the red nose reindeer?  LOL
PeriMartins
MASTER TOP 1
mr sixty vi
Striking how well spoken and down to earth he is.
Lance Sangster
He's so humble and cool it drives me insane. Lol
sheppfun
He took the trip so we don't have to.I have read all of his books,and yes i am glad he went to africa.So i don't.Read the book and you will know why!
holydrones
I know this might sound like a trivial point. But I started to dislike Neil when he began wearing that hat. What's with that hat, Neil? It makes you look like a complete dork. It's like The Edge from U2 and his little hat. WHAT IS WITH THESE HATS!? HATS OFF!
Robert Henry
Filmmakers know how to use make-up. Geez. 
El Guapo
Man, I like everything about that guy but his music. 
dogbuggy32
I miss reading
Sean Patrick
Say you hear of hair club for men?
huk38
Yeah...whatever...what's wrong with his nose...
Tommy Boardman
What an awesome guy. 
Jaykle
Absolutely love this guys drumming in my he is my favourite, very interesting interview.